Few indulgences in life are as delectable as handcrafted chocolates. Any chocoholic knows that making the occasion truly divine requires the perfect pairing.
Here are four decadent pairings for handcrafted chocolates:
- Wine – Handcrafted chocolates and wine make any occasion special. While the chocolate’s sweetness brings out the fruitiness in wine, wine’s tannins cleanse the palate for the next divine bite. When it comes to pairing wine and handcrafted chocolates, match the sweetness and intensity of both rather than pairing opposites. Pair dark chocolates with a full-bodied red wine, milk chocolate with a sweet red, and white chocolate with a sweet white wine.
- Artisanal cheeses – Many may be surprised by this suggestion, but for the willing, it is a rewarding experience. Creamy cheeses with complex taste profiles balance chocolate’s sweetness when paired well. If you’re intrigued, experiment with your favourite handcrafted chocolates and complementary cheese. Try Gruyere and milk chocolate or blue cheese with dark chocolate.
- Specialty coffees – It’s hard to go wrong with specialty coffees and handcrafted chocolates. Since both are produced with expertise and precision, pairing the two is sure to be a delightful culinary experience. While the general wine rule also holds true with coffees that chocolate pairings should match their sweetness and intensity, coffee and chocolate are worth exploring in infinite combinations to find your perfect pairing.
- Fresh berries – Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries… any berry will do! Fresh berries brighten up any chocolate indulgence. Milk chocolates pair wonderfully with raspberries, while white chocolate and blueberries make a lovely combination. And of course, dark chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven.
The next time you have a chocolate craving, check out our selection of handcrafted chocolates at Jamie’s Main & Local. Our team can ensure you find the perfect pairing for your decadent dessert.